Monday, June 12, 2017

From 6 to 7


On Friday, Steve and I walked around Carpinteria, a cute little beach town north of us, and I snapped a few pics with my phone.


My iPhone 6 died recently and I was using my new iPhone 7 camera.


I had heard that the iPhone 7 camera is pretty good, but it wasn't until I began editing that I noticed the quality of the photos.


With my iPhone 6, if I tried to crop just a small portion of a photo, everything looked pixelated, but I don't have that problem with the iPhone 7.



These cottages were photographed about an hour after the yellow house - the fickle June weather can turn a blue sky into a white sky in a matter of seconds.


I had a lot of fun editing the photos because zooming in and cropping gave me such different views - I had no idea there was a red flower when I was shooting the photos.


I love the color combo of aqua, yellow and purple in this garden.


You can just barely spot the American flag hiding behind the greenery in this pic.


I didn't even realize I was getting a patriotic shot - I just held my phone out in front of me and didn't really see what details I was capturing.


My eye was drawn to the aqua house and I didn't even notice the palm trees.


And that white roof of the porch completely escaped me.


Nor did I notice the French doors.


Several streets were lined on each side with jacaranda trees, but this was the only shot I could get without cars.


That lawn doesn't look too well cared for, 


but cropping took care of that problem.


What drew me to this house in the first place was the white picket fence and the pretty windows.


Purples, reds, yellows, pinks -


after a rainy California winter, the whole town of Carpinteria was in full color and my new phone did a great job of capturing it.


I took this photo in our garden and I snapped the beach photo on a bike ride yesterday.


I have a feeling I'll be using my phone a lot more than my Canon.


Now I'm headed over to link up with Pam of Everyday Living for her Gardens Galore Link Party.


I hope you link a garden post of your own.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Remember me?


Steve commented the other day that I haven't posted in weeks and I told him that I haven't done anything worth writing about.


That isn't exactly true because I took photos (248 to be exact) of a friend's beach house in Malibu, but I am still in the editing process.


While taking a break from editing all the Malibu photos, I decided to spruce up the guest room for summer.


The inspiration came from this driftwood heart I made a few years ago - it was hidden in the garden and I decided to reuse the driftwood for a project.


The heart was taken apart and the driftwood was painted in shades of blue


 to create a summery garland for the old door in the guest room.


This is one of my favorite spots for seasonal changes.


The vintage Underwood got a new quote,


shells were gathered for the little cubby


and I always love an excuse to use a few of my clock faces.


The softer palette for the room comes from this triptych, "In Another Life I Was a Surfer".


The dresser is a new addition - it was in the living room with the drawers painted red,


 but I'm loving the soft blue.


The guest room definitely has a more feminine feel


 than the rest of the house.


Steve rarely enters the guest room, but Lulu can be found there at any time of day.


Now it's back to editing photos and I'll leave you with one of the photos that's ready for my post


and I hope it won't be two weeks before I get the post written!

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Join me at Have A Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson for SYC.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Playing With My Camera


 I started writing this post with the title, "At a Snail's Pace", but once I began editing my photos,


my thoughts went in a completely different direction.


While I was writing the post, this gorgeous bouquet of flowers was delivered.


I walked around the house


looking for the right spot to capture the beautiful colors in the arrangement.


This little swing in the garden was my favorite, but the the greenery actually took away from the flowers.


So I headed out to the beach


and continued to play with my camera.


My Canon and Picmonkey seem to be my tools of creativity these days.


I'm having fun taking pics


at different angles


and then zooming in on one object when I edit.


I have no idea what I'm doing


either in the taking of photos or the editing,


but I'm having fun.


After years of drought


and a good rainy winter,


the garden is coming alive


and providing lots of inspiration.


If anyone is looking for me,


I'm in the garden,


playing with my camera.